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The Concierge Doctors

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Have you ever loved a show sometimes and possibly did not understand why? Now we all know why we love Downton Abbey (yes I shed a tear this week too)! BUT how about some of the shows that maybe are not that highly acclaimed or mentioned that much by the water cooler. So why tonight am I looking for affordable New York vacation rentals? There is a show that I heard someone say about a year ago that they really liked.  I had never heard of it, but always respected this female  that mention it very highly. So, off to the DVR I went to record and check it out. The Show is call Royal Pains. Now from the name it was hard to say what it is about, but here is the concept.

Once a rising star in the New York City medical community, Hank found himself out of work, dumped by his fiancée and out of options after a dustup with some hospital honchos. Fed up with Hank’s personal pity-party, his younger brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo), convinced Hank to join him on a last-minute trip to the Hamptons for Memorial Day weekend. When the brothers crashed a party at the home of a Hamptons billionaire and a guest fell critically ill, Hank saved the day. His dramatic medical rescue drew attention from the crowd, and soon Hank’s phone started ringing off the hook with patients wanting Hank to make house calls.

Remember when doctors made house calls? Probably not. The image of the traveling small-town doctor and his iconic black bag may be embedded in our collective consciousness, but for most of us the image is derived from popular culture rather than from personal experience. But today, with the arrival of a new breed of “concierge doctor,” that’s beginning to change.

Concierge Medicine” is a term applied to a special kind of primary care medical practice offering personalized, in-depth, convenient and high-quality healthcare services – just like Hank Lawson does. Business models vary, but concierge doctors – or direct care physicians, as many prefer to be called – typically provide a level of care beyond that of a standard general practitioner, including such perks as easy scheduling of appointments, no waiting times, longer and more thorough examinations, coordination of all medical care and even, in some cases, house calls. Doctor-delivery services are another increasingly popular (and costly) option for patients seeking convenience. In this case, instead of the patient traveling to the doctor, the doctor comes to the patient – and he or she might even carry that iconic black bag.

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Of course, all this comes at a price. Hank may not charge exorbitant fees, but most fee-for-service boutique doctors often require a contract and charge an annual retainer fee ranging from $1,500 to upwards of $20,000 per family, and doctor delivery services aren’t cheap either. Yet despite that, it seems that a growing number of people are considering those medical bills money well spent. Guess they agree with the old adage “health is wealth.”

Oh btw while I googled for rentals, I also made a tremendous spa discovery! Nestled in the artistic community of East Hampton, NY, the Naturopathica Healing Arts Center and Spa who has pioneered holistic skin care treatments and signature massage therapies since 1995 is not far away from where my concierge doc call home! They like my Royal Pain Concierge Doctors also make spa treatment house calls!

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